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evening, i'm julie haener. >> and i'm frank somerville. the truck driver tells us that his brakes failed and he couldn't avoid smashing into the row of cars at the bottom of a freeway off-ramp. the accident happened at 4:15 this afternoon on the grand avenue exit ramp from eastbound i-80. ktvu's amber lee is live at the scene tonight with our report. amber? >> reporter: frank, this busy off-ramp remains closed as work hes clean up the debris. there was a lot of damage but few injuries. the truck driver who identified himself to us only as tony, says he was on his way home when the brakes failed. he said he had been hauling dirt in oakland. tony estimates he was going 45 miles per hour down the exit ramp when he couldn't stop his truck. he told us he scrambled to find a way to avoid hitting the vehicles in front of him. >> i was looking at that way, you know, the telephone poles and can't go that way. can't go up the hill. can't hit the side of the freeway. i had nowhere to ditch the truck. and i was just like, praying. >> reporter: the truck slammed into a honda causing a chain reaction.
cuesta is live to tell us what happened. >> reporter: the malfunctioning airplane is still here being checked out by mechanics but passengers are on the way to hawaii. >>> u.s. air flight 172 and a crew of six was bound from phoenix to maui when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. the plane was 1,000 miles west of the california coast at the time. the pilot decided to divert to san francisco as a precaution. the boeing 767 landed safely and without incident at sfo shortly after 5:00 this evening. sfo declared an alert too. sending fire trucks to the landing. before the landing, the pilot reported the smoke cleared. u.s. air brought in another plane to take the passengers to hawaii. none let the security area to talk to reporters. in the age of communication, passengers in other flights say they were aware of the incident. >> i saw it on cnn. >> while i was sitting in the bar in san diego waiting for my flight. >> what were your thoughts of getting on an airplane when you see something like that. >> well i'm afraid of flying. >> makes me nervous. i'm a frequent flyer. >> sfo's duty officer, t
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